French Quimper Plates
Our family is known for collecting housewares from around the world during travels. One trip, our grandparents had wooden doors shipped to their home during a trip to Mexico, and tables and chairs shipped home during trips to Europe. When Mom took a family road trip to Mexico as a teen, she purchased a set of dishes and brought them back in the station wagon along with the family. Our mom and grandmother have both traveled in France, so we expected to hear that these dishes were purchased in the original pottery town of Quimper in northwestern France, but Mom says they came from a Los Angeles antique shop or gift store local to our home.
These particular plates are close to fifty years old, which explains the chip in this one, but this type of pottery has been made since the early 1700’s. Our mom still uses French Quimper bowls, but shared the plates with us a few year back. They are made in white and yellow, but we like the yellow because it makes food, especially green food, look especially appetizing. Dishes stay in our family for a long time. We imagine that our daughters will continue to cook and serve on these French plates for many years to come.